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November 23, 2007

A dutch study suggests that optimism could help you live longer.  999 elderly Dutch people were followed and 9 years later death rates for optimistic men were 63% lower.  Optimistic women were 35% lower than their pessimistic counterparts.  The Dutch study tried to find causality by mapping optimism to healthy behaviours.

The end result is that as one might expect optimistic people lead healthier lifestyles and thus can live longer. 

The good news is that another study suggests that optimism can be learned.

As Spock would say, “Live Long and Prosper”

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